Recipe: Spiced Pear Butter

Two weeks ago I went to one of those “bulk” supply stores and just couldn’t help myself from buying fresh organic pears!  Of course, I couldn’t buy just five or six pears.  Nope, there were at least a dozen pears.  I figured I would ripen them all and then put them in the refrigerator and let them keep for a few weeks.  We waited a few days for them to ripen, ate a few and then I forgot about them.  Today, I came into my kitchen and discovered this…
As someone who likes to get her money’s worth out of food, I knew I was not throwing these away.  I also knew they were really gross and no one was going to want to eat a half bruised pear, so I set off to work.  My kids were napping, at school or happily playing, so I decided to just make a simple pear sauce.  Since my pears were plenty ripe all I had to do was cut off the gross parts, take off the peeling, chop them up and throw them in the food processor.  Then my three year old daughter came in.  She wanted so badly to help. So we started adding a few spices to jazz it up a bit.
We were going to leave it as is and then I remembered my husband adores apple butter.  I tried my hand at it once, but didn’t let it reduce enough.  It was okay, but more like an applesauce.  This was my chance to redeem myself and do something nice for “the hubs.”
I put the spiced pear sauce in a saucepan and set it on low while I went about the rest of the day stopping to stir it every so often.
The sauce reduced nicely; when it was time to put the kids to bed it had reduced more than half.  At this point I decided that I was tired…errr….exhausted.  I cranked up the burner and stood stirring for probably a good 20 minutes.  My husband was kind enough that he plopped down at our island and kept me company.  Either that or he was on to my plan of making a pear butter, but I’m going to go with his adoration of me, not the pear butter.
Finally the pear butter looked like this:
My husband gladly ran to get me a canning jar and voila!

Spiced Pear Butter

Note: yields about 1 1/2 Cups

9 over ripened pears with old sections discarded (or 6 whole pears) peeled, and cubed
1/2 Tbsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a food processor and process until completely smooth.
Place in saucepan and set on low stirring occasionally until reduced to about 1 1/2 cups (or until the consistency of softened butter.)  If you are able to stay near the stove you can turn the heat to medium-high and stir constantly until reduced the same (1 1/2 cups or softened butter consistency.)
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